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FBI probes new round of threats against local schools

Hamilton County Sheriff's cruisers block roads near Covedale elementary school. (FOX19 NOW) Hamilton County Sheriff's cruisers block roads near Covedale elementary school. (FOX19 NOW)
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Federal authorities are looking into multiple threats targeted at Ohio schools Tuesday, including threats against at least six local schools.

All students are safe after being evacuated from Wilson Elementary School, Covedale Elementary School, Fairfield East Elementary School, Middletown High School, Donovan Elementary School and Summit View schools.

The FBI is aware of the local threats and others nationwide, according to Dustyn Fox with Ohio Homeland Security. He said the agency is working to analyze the situation.

Earlier this month, five schools were the target of phoned-in threats. In a round of threats in September, federal officials said the calls could be related to “swatting” - a prank where people falsely report emergencies to prompt law enforcement response.

Fox did not say if officials are looking at “swatting” in Tuesday’s round of threats.

Recorded threats were called into Wilson Elementary School off Little Dry Run Road and Covedale Elementary School on Sidney Road just before 10 a.m., according to Green Township police and Hamilton County dispatchers.

Wilson students were evacuated then returned to class about two hours later, according to a school spokesperson.

Fairfield East Elementary School evacuated for a reported threat around 10:15 a.m., according to Butler County dispatchers. Students were taken to a nearby YMCA and escorted back to school once police deemed the building safe.

Middletown High on North Breiel Boulevard received a bomb threat around 10:15 a.m., according to a Facebook post from the district. School officials said the students were never in any danger.

A male caller made a threat against Summit View in Kentucky around 10 a.m. Police conducted a sweep and found nothing, according to Jess Dykes with Kenton County Schools.

Lebanon Police confirmed the bomb threat at Donovan Elementary School. Officials said they are continuing to investigate.

The Greater Cincinnati Fusion Center is assisting local authorities in the investigation, confirmed Hamilton County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Hartzler, Fusion Center’s director. 

The agency gathers information on potential terrorist activity and threats and then disseminates it to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation.

In a statement From Homeland Security released Tuesday afternoon read:

Ohio Homeland Security is aware of these latest threats to multiple schools around Ohio and are coordinating with the Greater Cincinnati Fusion Center, the Fusion Center Network and the Ohio Dept. of Education to alert schools throughout the state of the events.  We continue to monitor and share appropriate information with the applicable federal, state and local partners of any similar events.

At least three other schools in Ohio received phone threats from a robotic voice message Tuesday morning, according to local reports. Students and staff were evacuated at Frank Elementary School in Perrysburg and Brunswick school district in Toledo.

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